Division of Parks and Recreation Wins NRPA Gold Medal Award

The National Recreation and Parks Association recently awarded its 2015 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management --State Parks to Delaware State Parks.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

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Savannah the serval watches visitors from her enclosure at the Brandywine Zoo. The Zoo is just one of many diverse features of Delaware State Parks. A rock-climbing camp at Alapocas Run State Park. The Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course at Lums Pond State Park is in its third year of operation and sees over 23,000 participants per year. The Division of Parks and Recreation's Children in Nature program offers educational and family activities to get kids outdoors. A Stanley Steamer cruises along the new trail at Auburn Heights Preserve. The trail was specially designed to accommodate hikers, bikers and antique cars.
Coastal Kayak, a Delaware State Parks concessionnaire, offers kayak and paddleboard rentals at state park beaches. Thanks to various partners, Delaware's state parks offer an impressive variety of recreational opportunities, including horseback riding, golf, tennis, marinas, and standup paddleboarding. The Junction and Breakwater Trail. Over 150 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails are available in Delaware State Parks. In fiscal year 2014, Delaware State Parks presented 6,698 education programs, reaching 227,498 people The Division of Parks and Recreation has entered into a public/private partnership to redevelop the former NVF manufacturing site in Yorklyn, DE. Reenactors at Fort Delaware State Park present a musket-firing demonstration. Living history is just one of many diverse features of Delaware State Parks.

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Delaware 87er staff volunteering at Ft. Delaware. Park volunteers and Friends group members donate 110,000 hours of support annually, the equivalent of 56 full-time staff members.